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Murdoch University Handbook

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Cancellation

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Tuition Fee Calculator

Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.

Student Type: Domestic - Graduate Coursework - Full fee paying - commenced 2018 or later

The cost of each unit of study depends on its discipline and the associated Field of Education. The Field of Education is the basis of Commonwealth Government funding for Commonwealth-supported students, and is therefore used by the University as the basis for determining tuition fees for domestic fee-paying students.

Note that the fees quoted within the Fees Calculator apply only to units studied in that year; different fees may apply to units studied in future years. Each year on 1 October the fees for the following year will be published.

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible to obtain a Federal Government income-contingent loan to pay all or part of their tuition fees. This loan is known as FEE-HELP. Students who are requesting FEE-HELP assistance must complete a request for FEE-HELP Assistance form, and read the FEE-HELP booklet available online or in hard copy from The Student Centre. There is a lifetime limit to the amount of FEE-HELP loan that a student can incur.

Guidelines for determining this category of Murdoch student

The following guidelines have been established to determine which students are to be treated in this category:

  • The student commenced their course after 1 November 2014, and
  • The student was not enrolled and did not incur fees in a relevant Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma course prior to 1 January 2018.

Master of Development Studies (MDS)

Availability

  • Murdoch campus (internal)
  • UnitField of EducationCredit PointsEFTSL Fee
    Course Structure - 48 credit points
    Core Units - 15 to 24 credit points
    Theory - 12 credit points

    SWM611 States, Social Forces and Development - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Studies in Human Society (090300)

    6

    0.250

    $3390 

    SWM511 Critical Approaches to Development - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Human Welfare Studies and Services (090500)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM628 Development and Sustainability - 3 points
    MURDOCH: WSP3-internal

    Human Geography (090309)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    Capstone Experience - 3 to 12 credit points

    Select from the following options:

    EITHER

    SWM618 Social Science Research Design - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Studies in Human Society nec (090399)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    AND

    SWM617 Supervised Research Thesis - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

    Policy Studies (090103)

    6

    0.250

    $3390 

    OR

    SWM618 Social Science Research Design - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Studies in Human Society nec (090399)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    AND

    SWM6171 Supervised Research Thesis - 9 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

    This 12,000-15,000 word thesis can only be taken with the approval of the Academic Chair.

    Policy Studies (090103)

    9

    0.375

    $5085 

    OR

    SWM619 Research Internship - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Students may wish to use this unit (SWM619) to undertake In-Country Studies Indonesia - a 6 point program run during the summer period by ACICIS. Students interested in this option should consult the Capstone Coordinator for application and enrolment information.

    Policy Studies (090103)

    6

    0.250

    $3390 

    Students undertaking extended internship of 12 weeks/500 hours for 12 points should enrol in SWM619 Research Internship and

    SWM6191 Internship Professional Placement - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Policy Studies (090103)

    6

    0.250

    $3390 


    OR

    SWM620 Supervised Case Study Project - 3 points

    Policy Studies (090103)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    Specified Electives - 24 to 33 credit points

    Select from the following lists:

    Professional

    SWM532 Financial Administration and Budgeting - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    Banking, Finance and Related Fields not elsewhere classified (081199)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    MBS684 Managing Strategic Risk and Projects - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external

    Business and Management not elsewhere classified (080399)

    6

    0.250

    $6060 

    MBS685 Project Management - 3 points

    Project Management (080315)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    MBS687 Effective Leadership - 3 points
    Not available this year

    Organisation Management (080307)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    MBS555 Human Resource Management Perspectives - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

    Human Resource Management (080303)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    MBS651 Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organisations - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    Business and Management not elsewhere classified (080399)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    SWM621 Ethics and Global Justice - 3 points

    Philosophy (091701)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM519 Strategic Health Leadership and Management - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    Public and Health Care Administration (080313)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

    English Language (091501)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    MBS589 Social Enterprise, Social Innovation And Profit For Purpose - 3 points

    Business and Management (080300)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    Policy

    SWM613 Public Policy Perspectives - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal

    Policy Studies (090103)

    6

    0.250

    $3390 

    SWM612 Global Governance, Security and Economy - 6 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal

    Political Science (090101)

    6

    0.250

    $3390 

    SWM645 Public Sector Economics - 3 points

    Economics (091901)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    SWM635 Security, Conflict and Violence - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal

    Political Science (090101)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM514 Global Public Health - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    Policy Studies (090103)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM515 Public Sector Management - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    Policy Studies (090103)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    ENV616 Environmental Policy for the 21st Century - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 40 places), S1-external (quota of 10 places)

    Policy Studies (090103)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM516 Policy Research and Evaluation - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

    Policy Studies (090103)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    BIO681 Challenges in Food Security - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies not elsewhere classified (059999)

    3

    0.125

    $2115 

    SWM646 Parliamentary Democracy - 3 points
    Not available this year

    Political Science and Policy Studies (090100)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM517 Health Policy and Governance - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    Policy Studies (090103)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM518 Health Economics and Finance - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 150 places), S1-external, S2-internal (quota of 150 places), S2-external

    Economics (091901)

    3

    0.125

    $3030 

    SWM647 Cultural and Communications Policy - 3 points
    Not available this year

    Political Science and Policy Studies (090100)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM648 Corruption, Anti-corruption and its Discontents - 3 points

    Political Science and Policy Studies (090100)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM651 Comparative Governance and Public Administration - 3 points
    MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

    Political Science and Policy Studies (090100)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    SWM652 Private Sector and Development - 3 points
    Not available this year

    Human Welfare Studies and Services (090500)

    3

    0.125

    $1695 

    Language

    Students may take up to two language units in either Indonesian or Japanese. Placement in language units is at the discretion of the Academic Chair, following an assessment of the student's language skills. There may be restrictions for students completing the Masters in 24 points. Please refer to the Handbook for available units in Indonesian or Japanese.

    The onus is on you to ensure that the units selected satisfy all of the course requirements.

    Note: Fees shown have been rounded to the nearest dollar. Not all units are available for online self-enrolment.

    Total required for the course: 48 credit points (2.000 EFTSL).